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Student Life Programs And Services - St. George Campus



About Kickstart

Your first year of university is an exciting time, complete with new experiences and new opportunities.  You are invited explore some of those opportunities by attending one or all of these free events designed to help you meet other new students, learn about U of T, build academic skills, and get involved in campus life.

Kickstart has been developed for students who are looking for an alternative to their college or faculty orientation, are unable to attend their full orientation, or would just like to explore more of what is available to them at the University of Toronto.  Check out the offerings below and register online for whatever interests you.

 

Registration

Registration for Kickstart 2014 will open in July. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator by e-mail at kickstart@utoronto.ca or by phone at 416-978-6908.

 

Schedule of Events (from Kickstart 2013)

Tuesday, September 3

How to Love Your Lectures: Humanities 

10:30am to 12:30pm, Room 2102 in Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street)
Want to know what your classes will be like before they actually begin? Learn some valuable note-taking techniques from our experts and then put your skills to good use as one of U of T’s finest professors in the Humanities gives you a taste of what to expect once classes start. Make your first lecture fun and stress-free!
 
Gearing Up for Academic Success
(First of two offerings)
1:00pm to 3:00pm, Room 2102 in Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street)
Learn what you can do to best start your academic career at U of T. Gain useful tips on how to manage your time, how to de-stress during crunch times, and how to avoid the pitfalls of procrastination before it gets the best of you and your grades. 
 

Wednesday, September 4

How to Love Your Lectures: Life Sciences 
2:00pm to 4:00pm, Room 103 in the MacLennan Physical Laboratories (255 Huron Street)
Want to know what your classes will be like before they actually begin? Learn some valuable note-taking techniques from our experts and then put your skills to good use as one of U of T’s finest professors in the Life Sciences gives you a taste of what to expect once classes start. Make your first lecture fun and stress-free!
 

Thursday, September 5

FEATURED EVENT: The Essentials
(First of two offerings)
This session is full.
10:00am to 11:00am, Room 163 in University College (15 King's College Circle)
This session will cover all of the need-to-know details as a University of Toronto student. All of your questions about academic expectations, student support services, involvement opportunities, and more will be answered. Refreshments will be provided.
 
How to Love Your Lectures: Social Sciences
12:00pm to 2:00pm, Room 2102 in Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street)
Want to know what your classes will be like before they actually begin? Learn some valuable note-taking techniques from our experts and then put your skills to good use as one of U of T’s finest professors in the Social Sciences gives you a taste of what to expect once classes start. Make your first lecture fun and stress-free!
 
Get Involved: Becoming a Leader at U of T
(First of two offerings)
This session is full.
2:30pm to 4:00pm, Main Activity Hall of the Multi-Faith Centre in Koffler House (569 Spadina Avenue)
Thinking about getting involved on campus but not sure where to start? Not sure why getting involved is even important? This interactive workshop will show you how to find involvement and leadership opportunities on campus and how to get the most from your university experience. Refreshments will be provided.
 

Friday, September 6

FEATURED EVENT: Words of Wisdom: Upper-Year Panel 
10:30am to 12:30pm, Room 161 in University College (15 King's College Circle)
Feeling nervous about starting university? Who better to talk to than upper year students who have gone through the experience already? Join us at this informal event where upper year students will share some words of advice and answer your questions. Get the students’ perspective on the ins and outs of being a U of T student. Refreshments will be provided.
 
Writing at U of T: Making the Transition to University Writing
1:00pm to 3:00pm, Room 179 in University College
This session is full.
This workshop is designed to help you prepare for university-level writing. Learn about the key differences between writing in high school and writing in university. Hear some tips on understanding the assignment, planning your paper, constructing a thesis statement, using sources, getting help on your essays at U of T, and more.
 

Monday, September 9

Let’s Eat with UeaT
11:00am to 12:00pm, Room 1078 in Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street)
Want to know where the best places to eat on campus are, where to access microwaves to heat your lunch, where to grab a quick meal in between classes, and more? UeaT has the answers to all your questions relating to food at U of T. Learn some tips on eating nutritiously during academically stressful times, as well as what U of T has to offer when you’re in the mood for something to munch on. 
 
Rainbow Cupcakes
1:00pm to 3:00pm, Room 421, 21 Sussex Avenue

The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office is inviting you for an afternoon of cupcake decorating (and eating!). While we enjoy our cupcake creations, we can chat about sexual and gender diversity in Toronto, and how to connect with our fabulous lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities on campus. We’ve got lots of exciting things to share as you begin your year at U of T! Allies and friends welcome.

 

Tuesday, September 10

FEATURED EVENT: The Essentials
(Second of two offerings)
10:00am to 11:30pm, East Common Room in Hart House (7 Hart House Circle)
This session will cover all of the need-to-know details as a University of Toronto student. All of your questions about academic expectations, student support services, involvement opportunities, and more will be answered. Refreshments will be provided.
 
The Career Centre and You
1:00pm to 2:30pm, Career Centre Seminar Room in Koffler Student Services Centre (214 College Street)
Learn about how the Career Centre is a great resource as you transition through your undergraduate career. This workshop and tour will show you the different resources and services the Career Centre offers, including how to prepare for interviews, write a resume, and find a job. 
 

Wednesday, September 11

Gearing Up for Academic Success
(Second of two offerings)
10:00am to 12:00pm, Room 14081 in Robarts Library (130 St. George Street)
Learn what you can do to best start your academic career at U of T. Gain useful tips on how to manage your time, how to de-stress during crunch times, and how to avoid the pitfalls of procrastination before it gets the best of you and your grades. 
 
Mindfulness Meditation Open House
1:00pm to 2:00pm, Main Activity Hall of the Multi-Faith Centre in Koffler House (569 Spadina Avenue)
Mindfulness meditation is about being aware in the present moment. We spend a lot of time thinking about the past or worrying about the future and this distracts us from what we want to do in the moment. It also stresses us out! In this introductory session you will learn how mindfulness can reduce stress, improve concentration and promote a healthier state of mind. 
 

Thursday, September 12

Dare to Self-Care!
12:30pm to 1:30pm, Dance Studio in the Athletic Centre (55 Harbord Street)
Self-care enhances our health and well-being, supports success in our studies, improves relationships, increases energy, and helps us to enjoy life. Join us for this dynamic workshop and engage in meaningful interactive discussion, reflective conversation, and fun experiential movement. Learn to embody self-care in your daily life and be inspired throughout the year.
 
Get Involved: Becoming a Leader at U of T
(Second of two offerings)
1:30pm to 3:00pm, Main Activity Hall of the Multi-Faith Centre in Koffler House (569 Spadina Avenue)
Thinking about getting involved on campus but not sure where to start? Not sure why getting involved is even important? This interactive workshop will show you how to find involvement and leadership opportunities on campus and how to get the most from your university experience. Refreshments will be provided.
 
 

Additional Opportunities

Aside from your college or divisional orientation and Kickstart, there are a number of other programs and events out there to help you transition into your first year at the University of Toronto.  Here are some of the additional opportunities that are available to you:
 
Academic Mini-Courses
August 20 to 22
Improve your academic skills by attending these mini-courses designed to introduce you to the expectations of first-year university courses.  For more information and to register, please visit the Academic Success Centre website.
 
Moving Forward Summer Transition Program
August 26 to 30
Students with learning disabilities and ADHD can participate in these workshops to help develop skills to achieve their goals and learn what is expected of them at a university level. For full details and to register, please visit the Accessibility Services website.
 
International Student Orientation
August 26 to September 8
Newly-arrived international students should make the Centre for International Experience their first stop. This year's orientation features a daily morning tea, informative workshops, and evening walking tours of Toronto's cultural neighbourhoods.  For more information, please visit the Centre for International Experience website.
 
Robarts Library Tours
September 3 to 30
Get acquainted with largest library on campus! Tours of Robarts Library are available each week day, Monday to Friday, at 1:10pm during the month of September. The tours are approximately 45 minutes long and provide an introduction to the key services found in the library. Registration is not required. Please meet near the Information Desk, located on the first floor of Robarts Library (130 St. George Street).
 
UTSUFest
September 4 to 14
The University of Toronto Students' Union hosts a number of events during the first couple weeks on campus. The Clubs Fair takes place on Wednesday, September 4, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, on Hart House Circle. This is your opportunity to learn about and get involved with any of the more than 300 campus groups and organizations with representatives in attendance. The Orientation Parade, the concert and the after-party will be held on Friday, September 6, starting in the afternoon and going late into the night. There is also a Street Festival along St. George Street on Tuesday, September 10 and a Varsity Blues Men's Football Game against Guelph on Saturday, September 14. For more information, visit the UTSU website.
 
Orientation for Student Parents
September 16
The Family Care Office helps you to navigate the challenges of balancing family responsibilities with education and/or work. This workshop will teach you about the services and resources available to student parents on campus, provide advice from current student parents on how to adjust to the University, and help you start creating your support networks now by making new friends and meeting University staff. For more information and to register, please visit the Family Care Office website.
 

 

Contact Us

Do you have questions about Kickstart or any of its events?  Feel free to contact us by e-mail, phone, or by dropping into the Office of Student Life - we're happy to help!


Office of Student Life
21 Sussex Avenue, Third Floor
Toronto, ON  M5S 1J6

kickstart@utoronto.ca
416-978-6908